The foundation of our spirituality is always being open to the action of the Holy Spirit in our lives, unwilling to rest in the past, as we move always toward closer union with God. 
~Sisters of St. Joseph of Northwestern Pennsylvania Constitutions


Historically, spirituality was often equated with the so-called religious aspects of the Christian life such as prayer, penance and fasting. More recently, the meaning of spirituality has broadened. We each have unique images and thoughts about God and our relationship with God. Spirituality can be what we believe and imagine and how this influences the way we live, relate, pray and worship. Spirituality is our sense of connection to God.
Rosemary O’Brien, SSJ

Our daily living is enhanced by incorporating spiritual readings, reflection, quiet time and prayer.  Here we offer you some reflections and resources for your spiritual growth and development. 

what scent do you leave behind?

I have been thinking a lot about the anointing of Jesus as St. John describes it in his gospel.  In John’s gospel, the woman who anoints Jesus is Mary of Bethany, Lazarus and Martha’s sister.  Let’s start by saying that … Read More

fourth week of lent

While I am in the world, am the light of the world. John 9:5 I have heard of this man, Jesus, the son of the carpenter Joseph and his wife Mary.  Some say that he is the anointed one of God.  … Read More

never be thirsty again

third week of lent The noon-day sun shines brightly in Sychar warming the dusty ground on which I sit.  I stretch and yawn as a woman approaches the well of Jacob with her bucket in hand ready to draw water.  … Read More

take up your cross

second week of lent We adore Thee O Christ and we bless Thee, for by Thy holy Cross you have redeemed the world. In 355 A.D. the emperor Constantine erected the Church of the Holy Sepulcher at the site where … Read More

lead us not into temptation

first week of lent Jesus was led by the spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil.                                     Romans 4:1     Jesus was in the desert for forty days and forty nights and during that time the devil tempted him.  I … Read More

Ash Wednesday: the beginning of lent

You are dust and to dust you shall return.  Repent and believe in the gospel.   With these words ashes are imposed on the foreheads of the faithful at mass on Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent.  Lent, from the … Read More


There is no one way to pray; there are as many ways as there are pray-ers. Teresa of Avila says, “Prayer is nothing but friendly intercourse, and frequent solitary converse, with Him Who we know loves us.” Prayer is my … Read More

Enhancing Life with Spiritual Growth

Spirituality is key to becoming a whole and complete person. It is the catalyst for a relationship with God, with others and with our world. Henri Nouwen, a Jesuit Priest, captured it well: To pray does not mean to think … Read More

Direction on the path

Our spiritual life is one of the most precious gifts God has given us and, our efforts to develop and foster this life can be greatly aided by the practice of spiritual direction. Spiritual direction can be defined as helping … Read More

What does it mean . . . spirituality?

We are witnessing a spiritual awakening unprecedented in modern times, according to scholars in American religious thought. In response to this awakening and the deeply human experience of longing and desire for meaning in a world that is in chaos, … Read More